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There's a rumor going around that classical music is hoity toity. At Classical Classroom, we beg to differ. Come learn with classical music newbie Dacia Clay and the music experts she invites into the Classical Classroom.

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Classical Classroom Episode 220: Cello, Is It Me You're Looking For? with Joel Dallow

July 28th, 2021

1:01:58

Some musicians slide right into a symphony orchestra position like [insert image of smiling child on slide]. Joel Dallow is not one of those musicians. It took him five years of intense work (on top of all of the work …

Classical Classroom, Episode 219: Arranged and Deranged with Joe Burgstaller

May 14th, 2021

48:02

Joe Burgstaller may seem like a perfectly normal guy who just happens to have been playing trumpet since he emerged from the womb. But do not be …

Classical Classroom, Episode 218: Peter Dugan on the Magic of Collaboration

February 12th, 2021

57:12

When pianist Peter Dugan performed on NPR's From the Top at the age of 18, he had no idea that he would one day host the show. In this episode, Peter …

Classical Classroom, Episode 217: A Brassy, Classy, Yuletide Concert

December 25th, 2020

43:29

Ginger Turner is--excuse us--a brassy broad. She was in the Army and the US Army's Field Band for 27 years. So when it came time to put on the annual …

Classical Classroom, Episode 216: Merry Melodica Men-mas!

December 22nd, 2020

40:51

We hope that yule enjoy this holiday-ish show with Tristan Clarke, one half of YouTube sensation, the Melodica Men. In this episode, learn how two …

Classical Classroom, Episode 215: Très Bien! Stéphane Denève Teaches the History of French Music

October 16th, 2020

1:11:45

Conductor and music director Stéphane Denève is a busy guy. He's got at least four jobs on two different continents. But thanks (?) to the pandemic, we caught him sitting still for long enough to teach us the ENTIRE …

Classical Classroom, Episode 214: The Harp Will Go On with Yolanda Kondonassis

August 19th, 2020

45:58

When it comes to the harp, Yolanda Kondonassis is kind of a big deal. She’s literally written the book on the topic. In this episode, she teaches all …

Classical Classroom, Episode 213: Orli Shaham Talks Piano (Man)

July 9th, 2020

34:05

The piano. A seemingly normal instrument. But where did it come from, and how did it get here? Is it a percussion or a string instrument? Is it safe for young people, or will it influence your child to become interested …

Classical Classroom, Episode 212: All Together Now with Lisa Bielawa

June 18th, 2020

42:07

Composer, producer, and vocalist Lisa Bielawa wants you for her project, Broadcast from Home! She's often incorporated community-making and experimental elements into her compositional work, but this project is next …

Classical Classroom, Episode 211: Music for (Sacred) Space with Michael Whalen

June 6th, 2020

33:22

Have you ever wondered what the atmosphere of a space sounds like? Well look no further! In this episode, Emmy Award winning film and TV composer Michael Whalen teaches all about the history of ambient music. He talks …

Classical Classroom, Episode 210: Derek Bermel on Travels with Bartok

May 13th, 2020

18:23

Academy Award-winning composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel does a lot of traveling, soaking up the musical traditions as he goes. His recent album, Migrations, received a Grammy nomination in the Best Contemporary …

Classical Classroom, Episode 209: Alexander Pushkin in Opera, Pt. 2

April 2nd, 2020

37:51

Dramaturg and Seattle Opera Podcast host, Jonathan Dean has come back to the Classroom for this epic two-episode series about the bazillion operas based on the writing of the Russian author Alexander Pushkin. In part …

Classical Classroom, Episode 208: Alexander Pushkin in Opera, Pt. 1

April 2nd, 2020

19:09

Weeell, we figured that right about now would be a great time to put out some new episodes of the podcast. We hope that all of you out there in the …

Classical Classroom, Episode 207: Rachel Barton Pine Gets Folksy with Dvorak and Khachaturian

January 27th, 2020

36:10

Violinist and Classical Classroom mascot Rachel Barton Pine is back to teach all about the violin concertos of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak and …

Classical Classroom, Episode 33: Cracking “The Nutcracker” with Michael Remson and Shelly Power (RERUN)

December 23rd, 2019

40:11

No tickets to see The Nutcracker this year? No problem! Experience basically almost the entire thing in this episode from the Classroom Wayback Machine with musical expert Michael Remson (San Diego Youth Symphony, …

Classical Classroom, Episode 206: John Luther Adams Walks Through "Become Desert"

December 4th, 2019

38:27

With Become Desert, composer John Luther Adams is done "Become"-ing (learn why in this episode). First, there was the Pulitzer- and Grammy-winning

Classical Classroom, Episode 205: Nicholas McGegan on Rameau and Music that Stands the Test of Time

November 1st, 2019

17:07

Conductor Nicholas McGegan, of San Francisco Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra fame (and so much more) is an expert in conducting Baroque music. To some …

Classical Classroom, Episode 204: A Peculiar Harry Partch Primer, with John Schneider

September 12th, 2019

35:58

Guitarist John Schneider is clearly obsessed. In the best, passionate-music-geek kind of way. And the thing is that the object of his obsession - Harry Partch and his work - just engenders that kind of response in …

Classical Classroom Special Assembly with Itzhak Perlman

July 22nd, 2019

32:47

Going to class is a major part of being a classical musician. But have you heard of a "master class"? One student at a time gets up and performs a piece in front of a class, and then the "master" leading the class …

Classical Classroom, Episode 203: Jason Vieaux and Jonathan Leshnoff, Musical Frontiersmen

July 1st, 2019

23:54

Jason Vieaux is not just a Grammy-winning classical guitarist - he's a pioneer, taking on new works that have never been performed or recorded before, like those of composer Jonathan Leshnoff. Leshnoff is an adventurer, …

Classical Classroom, Ep 137: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! The Second Nature Of Matthew Aucoin (Rerun)

June 25th, 2019

24:59

In our second annual Classical Classroom Summer Music Festival Series, we hit the (sound)waves at the Music Academy of the West in sunny Santa Barbara, California!

The third installment of our MAW series features …

Classical Classroom, Episode 202: It Was All New Music Once, with Richard Scerbo and David Alan Miller

June 17th, 2019

40:26

There's a reason that great works in classical music have stuck around for so long. Once upon a time, it was all music composed by  groundbreaking artists, churning out new sounds and ideas never heard before. But at …

Classical Classroom, Episode 75: The Democracy of Chamber Music with Cantus (Rerun)

June 11th, 2019

31:41

One of the distinguishing characteristics of chamber music is its inherent “democracy” – each part is of equal importance. Aaron Humble and Paul …

Classical Classroom, Episode 201: Practicing Rachmaninoff in Public with Tiffany Poon

June 3rd, 2019

37:02

There's a good chance that you've heard of Yale School of Music grad student and rising classical pianist, Tiffany Poon. Her YouTube vlogs have over …

Classical Classroom, Episode 84: JoAnn Falletta Shares Scheherazade (Rerun)

May 20th, 2019

35:35

JoAnn Falletta is celebrating her 20th anniversary as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, so we've gotta give her a shout out with …

Classical Classroom, Episode 200: Top 10 Countdown!

May 13th, 2019

34:49

It's been nearly six years since we started the Classical Classroom podcast in a small shed that also housed producer Todd's lawn mower. Since then, a lot has happened. We've learned so much from our amazing guests, …

Field Trip to the Opera: Carmen in 3D

May 6th, 2019

1:07:34

When you think of opera, words like "grandiose," "extravagant," and "whoa" come to mind. Those words all describe Georges Bizet's Carmen. Singing, dancing, costumes, sets, orchestras, fight scenes, wigs, drama! How on …

Classical Classroom, Episode 16: From Schubert to Gaga, the Unfinished Symphony with Jade Simmons (Rerun)

April 27th, 2019

32:16

We love celebrating our alumni here at Classical Classroom, and Jade Simmons is one of our faves. This episode is from way back in 2013 when Jade was …

Classical Classroom, Episode 89: Awadagin Pratt on Brahms, Brunge, and Beards (Rerun)

April 22nd, 2019

37:16

We're rerunning this episode with Awadagin Pratt basically because we felt like it. But we don't think you're going to mind, as he is awesome. Let …

Classical Classroom, Episode 79: The Women of Classical Guitar with Valerie Hartzell (Rerun)

April 15th, 2019

34:21

April is International Guitar Month! In honor of that, we're bringing back this episode with one of our fave guitarists, Valerie Hartzell, creator/director of the Classical Minds Festival and Competition. Valerie talks …

Classical Classroom, Episode 199: Jack of All Emotions - the Music of Elliott Carter with the JACK Quartet

April 8th, 2019

43:27

"Classical music is relaxing." "I listen to classical music because it's soothing." "I turn on classical music when I want to concentrate."

These are all things we're guessing very few people have said about the …

Classical Classroom, Episode 198: Music Education Month - Idyllwild Arts

April 1st, 2019

34:17

In the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains, southeast of Los Angeles, is a place that is basically the ultimate experience in music and arts education:

Classical Classroom, Episode 197: Music Education Month - The Village School

March 25th, 2019

33:39

Neither Sarah Perkins nor Michael Barber ever intended to become music and arts educators. No, they both had their sights set on the Big Time - performance and Broadway. But life presented each with opportunities to …

Classical Classroom, Episode 40: Simone Dinnerstein Goes Bachpacking (Rerun)

March 18th, 2019

32:00

March is Music Education Month on the Classical Classroom, but it's also Bach's birthday month. So, it's obviously the perfect time to revisit this episode with Simone Dinnerstein in which we discuss a music education …

Classical Classroom, Episode 196: Joyce DiDonato - When Musical Worlds Collide

March 11th, 2019

23:21

People are pretty much never just one thing. Each person is made of the stuff in their individual history, including the music. That includes Grammy-winning opera singers. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato recently completed 

Classical Classroom, Episode 195: Music Education Month - Washington Performing Arts

March 4th, 2019

24:53

March is Music Education Month! This month, we'll look at a range of people and institutions throughout the music education world in search of the real scoop: Is music ed, along with the rest of arts education, being …

Classical Classroom, Episode 194: Mason Bates on the Opera-fication of Steve Jobs

February 22nd, 2019

33:36

Grammy-nominated composer Mason Bates is also a bona fide DJ. As DJ Masonic, he brings classical music and electronica together on the dance floor. As a composer, he brings the sounds of electronica to classical music …

Classical Classroom, Episode 193: Bach in the Underground with Cellist Dale Henderson

February 18th, 2019

28:52

To get ready for Bach's March birthday, we bring you the fascinating story of a man on a mission to bring Bach to the people. Bach's music changed cellist Dale Henderson's life. Though the concert hall was a fab venue …

Classical Classroom, Episode 192: The Hilarious History of Classical Music with Igudesman and Joo

February 11th, 2019

39:55

Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo make up the classical music comedy duo, Igudesman and Joo. And though they will crack you up with their performances (which you can watch on their YouTube channel along with millions …

Classical Classroom, Episode 191: Talkin' About the Blues (Dialogues) with Rachel Barton Pine

February 4th, 2019

28:20

Violinist (and veteran Classical Classroom guest) Rachel Barton Pine talks all about her Music by Black Composers initiative, a project that's been …

Classical Classroom, Episode 190: Piazzolla Party! with the Neave Trio

January 28th, 2019

20:52

Astor Piazzolla was a bandoneon player and a composer in Argentina who lived during the 20th century. He changed both classical music and tango music …

Classical Classroom, Episode 76: MusicWorks - How Sonya Got Her Opera On (Rerun)

January 21st, 2019

30:40

We love it when Classroom alums get recognized for their awesomeness. Such is the case for soprano Sonya Yoncheva. In addition to receiving the Opera Award by the Chilean Art Critics Circle, Sonya is on the cover of the …

Classical Classroom, Episode 189: Once More with Healing feat. Brooklyn Rider

January 14th, 2019

34:19

String quartet Brooklyn Rider has a new project called Healing Modes which they're currently touring. While they were in Seattle, we coaxed them into the KING FM studio with the promise of snacks. Just kidding! They …

Classical Classroom, Episode 188: Paddling to the Sea with Third Coast Percussion

January 5th, 2019

34:19

Third Coast Percussion makes amazing music by hitting stuff. Okay - it's a little more complicated than that. But the Grammy-winning ensemble does spend a lot of time, both at Home Depot and with percussion mentors from …

Classical Classroom, Episode 187: Rachel Barton Pine Talks Bruch and Elgar

December 31st, 2018

32:59

What do Max Bruch and Edward Elgar have in common? Violinist Rachel Barton Pine! In this episode, RBP talks about the two composers and their very …

Classical Classroom, Episode 112: The Ugly Christmas Sweaters Of Classical Music, With Alecia Lawyer (RERUN)

December 24th, 2018

34:22

It's Christmas Eve. Chances are, you've heard a lot of beautiful music. If you're looking for more of that, you've come to the wrong place. Welcome …

Classical Classroom, Episode 186: Kim Kashkashian on the Persistence of Bach

December 17th, 2018

24:07

We know what you're thinking: Another episode about Bach?! That's what we said! In fact, in this episode we ask Grammy-winning violist Kim Kashkashian

Classical Classroom, Episode 184: Working Hard with Hilary Hahn

December 3rd, 2018

23:01

Violinist Hilary Hahn has achieved more at just 39 years old than most of us will in a couple of lifetimes: multiple Grammy awards, 1594 concerts (so …

Classical Classroom, Episode 183: All-Star Ashley Bathgate's Primer on New Classical Music

November 26th, 2018

42:07

If you've ever wondered how playing bowls of water is related to traditional classical music, this is the episode for you. Cellist Ashley Bathgate (of Bang on a Can All-Stars fame) was classically trained at Yale …

Classical Classroom, Episode 182: Fantastic Bell - Joshua Bell on Max Bruch's "Scottish Fantasy"

November 19th, 2018

22:45

Sometimes composers just make stuff up. That is the lesson that Grammy-winning, super duper famous violinist Joshua Bell teaches in this episode of …

Classical Classroom, Episode 181: The Magicians - Daron Hagen on Orson Welles

November 12th, 2018

44:32

Composer, conductor, and librettist Daron Hagen recently created a new magic trick: An opera that's not an opera about the director Orson Welles (Citizen Kane) but not necessarily about Orson Welles which may be …

Classical Classroom, Episode 180: Icelandic Music History 101 with Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir

November 5th, 2018

31:48

Cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir is from the once-isolated island country of Iceland, a land of ice and snow and geothermal power and awesome music. In …

Classical Classroom, Episode 179: The Miro Quartet on Beethoven's Opus 131, an Autobiography

October 29th, 2018

18:51

Life isn't always puppies and kittens (she stated sagely). Sometimes, it can be downright tough - maybe your family is falling apart and you're a famous composer and you're going deaf. We've all been there, amiright? In …

Classical Classroom, Episode 178: Anne Akiko Meyers on Working with Superheroes

October 22nd, 2018

26:01

Arguably, Anne Akiko Meyers is darn admirable herself. The violinist has scads of fans. She's been Billboard's #1 classical artist. I mean, she's …

Classical Classroom, Episode 177: Sharon Isbin on Spanish Art Song, TM, and Everything Else

October 15th, 2018

26:29

 

Hold on to your hats, people: This episode with multi-Grammy Award winning classical guitarist Sharon Isbin covers a lot. Because how often do you …

Classical Classroom, Episode 176: Composing Music for Film About Music with Jono Hill

October 8th, 2018

26:41

Composer Jono Hill was given a unique task: to compose the score for a film about a classical musician. The movie As Far as the Eye Can See (directed …

Classical Classroom, Episode 175: The Unsolved Mysteries of Women Composers with Angela Draghicescu

October 1st, 2018

46:33

Pianist Angela Draghicescu never meant to become a classical music investigator. But a simple desire to play good music led her to an unavoidable conclusion: some very important composers were grossly underrepresented …

Classical Classroom, Episode 174: Critiquing Anne Midgette

September 24th, 2018

45:35

Anne Midgette, chief classical music critic at the Washington Post, recently wrote an article that caught our attention called, "A beginner’s guide to enjoying classical music. No snobs allowed." We figured that she …

Raiders of the Lost Podcast: The Classical Classroom drama

September 14th, 2018

5:23

The Classical Classroom is back! But from where?? Hear host Dacia Clay recount the epic, harrowing tale behind the show's hiatus in this teaser …

New Season of Classical Classroom Starting September 2018

September 14th, 2018

1:43

Classical Classroom is finally coming back. Dacia Clay will be asking even more, even dumber questions about classical music to really smart people like Joshua Bell, Sharon Isbin, Hillary Hahn, Miro Quartet, Jono Hill, …

Classical Classroom, Episode 64: RERUN - Journey To The Symphony’s Center

August 21st, 2017

42:22

We just heard that Classroom guest Peter Boyer is up to some big stuff (go Peter, it’s your birthday…):

First, the National Symphony Orchestra – that’s the orchestra in residence at the Kennedy Center for the Performing …

Classical Classroom, Episode 41: RERUN - Pretty Pattern Preludes With Karim Al-Zand

August 15th, 2017

34:31

Greetings listeners! We’re rerunning this episode of the podcast in honor of Karim Al-Zand’s recent premiere of the new work, “The Prisoner,” at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California. The …

Classical Classroom, Episode 48: RERUN - The Texas Tenors Teach Tenor Types

August 7th, 2017

33:34

How, exactly, does one know that he is a “light lyric tenor,” or a “Spinto tenor,” or a “dramatic tenor”? Is there like, a Tenor Task Team? Two members of the Texas Tenors – JC Fisher and John Hagen – teach the types of …

Classical Classroom, Episode 63: RERUN - The Trumpet Lesson

July 25th, 2017

24:17

This episode does double duty: teaches you all about the trumpet and trumpet playing, while carrying out the secondary mission of Classical Classroom, i.e., the humiliation of the show’s host. Trumpet players George …

Classical Classroom, Episode 173: Mozart’s Death Demystified (No Really!), With Robert Greenberg

July 17th, 2017

28:34

The story of Mozart’s death has, over the years, taken on an awful lot of…story. Extant theories regarding how he died number in the hundreds and are …

Classical Classroom, Episode 69: RERUN - The Kids Are Alright, With Missy Mazzoli

July 10th, 2017

35:30

Classical music: the future frontier. These are the voyages of the podcast Classical Classroom. It’s mission: to explore strange new music – Sorry. …

Classical Classroom, Episode 70: RERUN - Piano Vs. Orchestra, With Jon Kimura Parker

June 27th, 2017

35:28

Pianist, Shepherd School of Music professor, and recording artist Jon Kimura Parker – or as we like to call him, Captain Jon Solo – talks about the …

Classical Classroom, Episode 172: Pine On Paganini

June 19th, 2017

28:17

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine loves playing challenging music (and apparently, being on Classical Classroom, as this is her third time on the show). …

Classical Classroom, Episode 72: RERUN - You Don’t Know Fifth! With Emily Reese

June 12th, 2017

40:06

This show is from the Wayback Machine, and Emily has done a lot since this. She currently does a podcast called Level with Emily Reese for one, and she runs a company called Joon Media. (I’ll post what she was doing at …

Classical Classroom, Episode 171: Strange Loop, With Jessica Meyer

June 5th, 2017

45:17

Violist, composer, and educator Jessica Meyer has a unique story in the classical music world; it starts with a viola, and ends with a viola, but …

Classical Classroom, Episode 170: Fabien On Felix (Mendelssohn, That Is)

May 30th, 2017

31:02

Conductor Fabien Gabel came to Houston to conduct the Symphony in a program of pieces by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. In this episode, he gives a primer on Mendelssohn, talks about what a “Fingal’s Cave” is, and gives …

Classical Classroom, Episode 52: RERUN - Inside A Boléro With Howard Pollack

May 22nd, 2017

42:03

Ravel’s Boléro. Next to most of the soundtrack to Koyaanisqatsi, it’s possibly the most repetitive piece of music ever written, amiright (respect, …

Classical Classroom, Episode 169: MusicWorks - How Music Chased Down Gaelynn Lea

May 15th, 2017

46:47

Violinist/fiddle player Gaelynn Lea came to Houston fresh off of performing at South by Southwest and spent some time with the Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 83: RERUN - Nico Muhly Speaks Volumes About Listening To New Classical Music

May 8th, 2017

25:56

Note: This episode was originally posted on April 13, 2015.

This week [see above], composer Nico Muhly is premiering a brand new work, How Little You Are, in Austin. He talks about the classical (or, concert) music …

Classical Classroom, Episode 40: RERUN - Simone Dinnerstein Goes Bachpacking

May 1st, 2017

29:49

Simone Dinnerstein just came out with a new album called Mozart in Havana. While we weren’t able to sync up our interview schedules this time around, …

Classical Classroom, Episode 26: RERUN - Ragging On Chopin With Richard Dowling

April 26th, 2017

37:05

Concert pianist and entrepreneur Richard Dowling illuminates some of Chopin’s pieces by “ragging” them on the piano. It’s a lesson in classical music …

Classical Classroom, Episode 168: Third Coast Percussion Plays At 1.21 Gigawatts

April 17th, 2017

25:04

Percussion is almost anything that we say ‘yes’ to playing.” – Sean Connors 

Wait. A percussion-only ensemble? Is that, like, a fancy drum circle? Sean Connors of the Grammy-winning percussion quartet Third Coast …

Classical Classroom, Episode 167: MusicWorks - Craig Hella Johnson, Activism In Classical Music (Part 2)

April 10th, 2017

33:43

Craig Johnson wrote a beautiful piece of music that commemorates a tragic event: the brutal beating of a young gay man. The piece asks listeners to …

Classical Classroom, Episode 166: A Fool For Renaissance Music Talks Period Instruments

April 2nd, 2017

17:47

It’s the first of April and we are welcoming a special guest (believe us: you will know him when you hear him). He introduces us to a fascinating mix of early music and Renaissance era instruments and performs examples …

Classical Classroom, Episode 165: MusicWorks - Amanda Gookin – Activism In Classical Music (Part 1)

March 27th, 2017

42:41

“When somebody shows you who they are, believe them.”

That’s one of cellist Amanda Gookin’s favorite quotes. And through the Forward Music Project, she’s decided to show people who she is, and who women and girls are. …

Classical Classroom, Episode 118: RERUN - Alisa Weilerstein On The Romance Of Rachmaninov

March 20th, 2017

24:12

Happy birthday, Rachmaninov!

Because Rachmaninov’s birthday and our Spring Break lined up so nicely, it’s obviously the perfect opportunity to repeat this episode. Back next week with more of the usual (i.e., heavy …

Classical Classroom, Episode 164: Going Out On A High Note, With Cypress String Quartet

March 13th, 2017

24:54

For starters, this episode was recorded on Groundhog’s Day. Which is pretty perfect considering that this is the second time we’ve had the Cypress …

Classical Classroom, Episode 163: MusicWorks – The Starkland Story

March 6th, 2017

40:51

It all started because Tom Steenlandreally dug the music of composer Tod Dockstader. He wanted the rest of the world to hear it, too. And so began the (thus far) 25-year DIY project born out of Steenland’s passion for …

Classical Classroom, Episode 162: I Got You Babe – Collaborative Piano With Madeline Slettedahl

February 27th, 2017

38:57

Collaborative pianist Madeline Slettedahl came to the Classical Classroom to describe the nuances of her trade. What’s it like to play one instrument …

Classical Classroom, Episode 161: Sweet Secret Sacred Songs, With Jason Oby

February 21st, 2017

26:34

All of us have heard spirituals before – those sometimes jubilant, sometimes sorrowful songs created by African American slaves. But have you really 

Classical Classroom, Episode 160: There Is No Spoon, With George E. Lewis

February 13th, 2017

24:26

Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth.

Neo: What truth?

Spoon boy: There is no spoon.

Neo: There is no spoon?

Spoon boy: Then you’ll see that it is not the …

Classical Classroom, Episode 159: Transcending The Étude Transcendentally, With Kirill Gerstein

February 6th, 2017

18:04

Liszt’s Transcendental Études are such popular pieces that pianists Kirill Gerstein and Daniil Trifonov put out recordings of them within a month of …

Classical Classroom, Episode 158: Matt Haimovitz Makes Overtures To Bach

January 30th, 2017

25:42

It’s entirely possible that cellist Matt Haimovitz has forgotten that composers other than Bach exist. On his last visit to Classical Classroom, he …

Classical Classroom, Episode 157: Music For The (Chinese) New Year With Shih-Hui Chen And Katie Chen

January 23rd, 2017

27:17

Late last year, composer and Shepherd School of Music professor Shih-Hui Chen helped bring something called “nanguan” music to Houston. Specifically, …

Classical Classroom, Episode 156: Words And Music, With Dale Trumbore

January 16th, 2017

46:00

Music and poetry go together like inhaling and exhaling, or like gasoline and matches, or like Sherlock and Watson, or like Parker and Stone, or like …

Classical Classroom, Episode 155: Prog Rock Bartok, With Chiara String Quartet

January 10th, 2017

13:10

The celebrated classical music composer Béla Bartók was really into folk music. I mean, really into it. Not like, …

Classical Classroom, Episode 154: Music Of The Coen Bros. Films, With Craig Cohen (Pt. 2)

January 2nd, 2017

35:51

Welcome to part 2 of our holiday indulgence: a walk through the music of the Coen Brothers films with Craig Cohen of Houston Matters. We pick up our …

Classical Classroom, Episode 153: Music Of The Coen Bros. Films, With Craig Cohen (Pt. 1)

December 26th, 2016

36:31

Okay, so it’s a little bit of a departure from our typical classical music fare, but it’s the holidays so we’re indulging in some serious fun: Craig …

Classical Classroom, Episode 33: RERUN - Cracking “The Nutcracker” – Michael Remson and Shelly Power

December 19th, 2016

36:21

Okay, so we are re-gifting this year’s holiday episode from our 2013 collection. But it’s only because we thought you’d like it! Please re-enjoy …

Classical Classroom, Episode 152: Emerson String Quartet. 40.

December 12th, 2016

26:31

As of 2016, the Emerson String Quartethas been around for 40 years. For comparison, here is a brief list of other awesome things that have been around for 40 years: Benedict Cumberbatch, The Muppet Show, the movie Rocky

Classical Classroom, Episode 151: Band Of Outsiders – Jason Vieaux And Julien Labro

December 5th, 2016

21:41

Jason Vieaux and Julien Labro both play instruments that have had historically complex relationships to classical music. Even today, the classical …

Classical Classroom, Episode 29: RERUN - The Intimate Conversation Of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, With Wesley Horner

November 28th, 2016

23:47

Immortality might be writing a piece of music that is so cool, so archetypal, that hundreds of years later, it’s still used in media that its creator …

Classical Classroom, Episode 150: Sportsing With Tchaikovsky – Jennifer Koh

November 21st, 2016

21:34

Holy 150th episode, Batman! Because we are so stoked to have reached this milestone, we bring you not one, but two treats: A new Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 149: Beethoven In A Nutshell, With The Cypress String Quartet

November 14th, 2016

20:16

Before you get all excited, no: the Cypress String Quartet has not reunited. It’s just that we at Classical Classroom have been so busy that we’re a wee bit behind the times. By like…5 months-ish. This episode was …

Classical Classroom, Episode 148: The Magic Of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, With Houston Youth Symphony

November 7th, 2016

33:32

Learn about not one, but TWO amazing things in this episode: 

  1. The Houston Youth Symphony, an organization that’s been making music an important part …

Classical Classroom, Episode 147: Happy Birthday Ned Rorem! With Daron Hagen

October 31st, 2016

38:47

Composer Ned Rorem turned 93 on October 23rd. In honor of Rorem and his amazing career, composer Daron Hagen, Rorem’s friend and former student, teaches a crash course in the music and life of Ned Rorem. Hear how his …

Classical Classroom, Episode 146: Get Out The Note! Politics In Music With Victoria Bond

October 24th, 2016

38:46

Waaaay back in episode 102, composer and conductor Victoria Bond taught us about the first woman to run for the U.S. presidency, about whom Bond …

Classical Classroom, Episode 66: RERUN - When Classical Music Strikes, With Pierre Jalbert

October 17th, 2016

28:04

Producer Todd has been wandering around somewhere in the woods for the past week. We think he’s found his way out, but while he readjusts to …

Classical Classroom, Episode 145: Cartoon Classical Confidential With Richard Scerbo

October 10th, 2016

32:35

This is serious, people. Classical music has a long and meaningful history in cartoons that is no laughing matter. Just kidding! There is a really …

Classical Classroom, Episode 144: Britten’s Herring With Isaiah Bell And Chris Mayell

October 3rd, 2016

58:52

In an epic Classical Classroom, tenors Isaiah Bell and Chris Mayell (who, among many other things, co-host the Overthought podcast) walk through the entirety of Benjamin Britten’s opera, Albert Herring. It is an …

Classical Classroom, Episode 143: Electro-Acoustic Chamber Music With The Living Earth Show

September 26th, 2016

40:45

Fun fact: "Gilmore Girls" scripts are almost twice as long as other TV shows of comparable length. In this regard, this is the "Gilmore Girls" of "Classical Classroom" episodes. Andy Meyerson and Travis Andrews of the …

Classical Classroom, Episode 142: The Art Of Song, All About Art Song With Mark Abel

September 19th, 2016

33:08

Mark Abel’s life infuses his music, and music has been his life. He’s been a classical musician, a punk rocker, a reporter, and a classical musician and composer again. In this episode, Abel talks about “art song,” a …

Classical Classroom, Episode 141: Happy 100th Birthday, National Parks! With Adventurer-Composer, Stephen Lias

September 12th, 2016

34:03

 

Composer Stephen Lias didn’t necessarily mean to become an “adventurer-composer.” He was minding his own business as a perfectly normal composer, …

Classical Classroom, Episode 45: RERUN - Daniel Roumain’s Violin Vs. THE Violin (RR)

September 5th, 2016

29:41

That’s not a violin – it’s a woodbox! Daniel Bernard Roumain talks about creative appropriation in classical music. The Haitian-American composer’s …

Classical Classroom, Episode 82: RERUN - Branford Marsalis Gives Classical Music Jazz Hands

August 29th, 2016

31:24

Our summer music festival series is over, and we are frankly a little sleepy now. So this week, while we nap, we are bringing you some old gold from …

Classical Classroom, Episode 140: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! Follow The Leader With Frank Huang

August 22nd, 2016

24:51

In our second annual Classical Classroom Summer Music Festival Series, we hit the (sound)waves at the Music Academy of the West in sunny Santa Barbara, California!

All good things must come to an end, and...here we are. …

Classical Classroom, Episode 139: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! Finding Our Voices With Thomas Hampson

August 15th, 2016

28:55

In our second annual Classical Classroom Summer Music Festival Series, we hit the (sound)waves at the Music Academy of the West in sunny Santa Barbara, California!

Library of Congress “Living Legend” and Grammy …

Classical Classroom, Episode 138: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! Sympathy For The Viola With Cynthia Phelps

August 8th, 2016

36:46

In our second annual Classical Classroom Summer Music Festival Series, we hit the (sound)waves at the Music Academy of the West in sunny Santa …

Classical Classroom, Episode 137: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! The Second Nature Of Matthew Aucoin

August 1st, 2016

22:56

In our second annual Classical Classroom Summer Music Festival Series, we hit the (sound)waves at the Music Academy of the West in sunny Santa Barbara, California!

The third installment of our MAW series features …

Classical Classroom, Episode 136: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! Being Present With Bill Williams

July 25th, 2016

37:42

In our second annual Classical Classroom Summer Music Festival Series, we hit the (sound)waves at the Music Academy of the West in sunny Santa Barbara, California!

The second installment of our MAW series features …

Classical Classroom, Episode 135: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! Ragging On Jeremy Denk

July 18th, 2016

30:58

 

It’s time for the second annual Classical Classroom Summer Music Festival Series! This year, we hit the (sound)waves at the Music Academy of the West in sunny Santa Barbara, California.

In the first installment of our …

Classical Classroom, Episode 134: MusicWorks - Classical Out Of The Blue, With Jherek Bischoff

July 11th, 2016

34:00

How strange (and awesome) it is to be Jherek Bischoff at all. This composer, arranger, performer, and producer began his musical journey playing prog rock on bass guitar. After spending years of his youth on a boat, …

Classical Classroom, Episode 133: Final Fantasy And The Evolution Of Video Game Music

July 4th, 2016

38:53

Video games have come a long way since Pong, and so has their music. The electronic bleeps and blorps of ye olden days have evolved into composed …

Classical Classroom, Episode 132: Tchaikovsky’s Dilemma, With Mei-Ann Chen

June 27th, 2016

34:38

When you hear the music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, pretty much the last thing that comes to mind is self-doubt (Hello?! The man wrote actual cannons into his music!). But as conductor Mei-Ann Chenexplains, the Romeo and …

Classical Classroom, Episode 131: Totally Totentanz With Tamara McCoy

June 20th, 2016

38:08

The Classical Minds Festival and Competition just took place here in Houston, and though the festival is all about classical guitar, Dr. Tamara McCoy

Classical Classroom, Episode 130: The Eye Of The Opera, With David Hanlon

June 13th, 2016

30:46

 

If you’ve never lived through one, David Hanlon’s chamber opera After the Storm is a good place to begin to understand what “hurricane” really means. The opera premiered with Houston Grand Opera‘s HGOco via their Song …

Classical Classroom, Episode 129: On Countertenors And Gender In Opera – With John Holiday

June 6th, 2016

34:57

“All I have is a voice.”
― W.H. Auden

“I was never particularly fond of my voice.”
— David Bowie

 

Countertenor John Holiday says that he’s never …

Classical Classroom, Episode 30: RERUN - The Rite Of Spring With Ana María Otamendi

May 30th, 2016

35:15

Allegedly, as of this posting, there are still about three weeks of spring to go. But in Houston, spring has already died of heat exhaustion. That’s why we decided to bring back this episode about Igor Stravinsky’s Rite …

Classical Classroom, Episode 128: British-style Brass Bands Are Shiny! With Robert Walp

May 23rd, 2016

27:50

 

British-style brass bands are of the people, for the people, and by the people. They’re made up of unpaid citizens who get together to play classical music just because they love to. They have this crazy working class …

Classical Classroom, Episode 127: Respighi <3's Rome, With Franz Anton Krager And Mark Hughes

May 16th, 2016

37:39

 

Ottorino Respighi wasn’t a native of Rome, but he got there as quickly as he could. And then he set to writing lots of music about the place. …

Classical Classroom, Episode 38: RERUN - Stringed Life, With Enso String Quartet

May 9th, 2016

29:00

We’ve retrieved an episode from the Classical Classroom Wayback Machine for Chamber Music Month! Please, by all means, enjoy.

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The Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet puts the “class” in this episode of

Classical Classroom, Episode 126: Choose Your Own Jungian Adventure, With Rodney Waters

May 2nd, 2016

1:17:56
 

We are endorsing this Classical Classroom guest — Rodney Waters — to replace the Most Interesting Man in the World, and not just because of his amazing beard. He’s a musician, a humanitarian, a photographer, and he’s …

Classical Classroom, Episode 125: The Actualization Of Beethoven, With Simone Gramaglia

April 25th, 2016

21:32
   

We could just as easily have called this episode, Growing Up Beethoven, or Build-A-Beethoven, or Beethoven: From Boy to Boss, but …

Classical Classroom, Episode 46: RERUN - Todd Reynolds Defines “Classical Music” – Sorta

April 19th, 2016

31:46

Today – that is April 18th 2016 – much of our fair city of Houston is underwater. There was a big scary flood, the power’s out, the roads are lakes, and we, the Classical Classroom team, literally can’t get to the …

Classical Classroom, Episode 124: Hélène Grimaud Wades Into The Deep End Of “Water”

April 11th, 2016

20:49

Hélène Grimaud‘s recent release on Deutsche Grammophon, is a true “concept album.” Flowing with water themed music from the classical repertoire it also bathes us with new musical bridges and transitions from composer …

Classical Classroom, Episode 85: RERUN - Mandolin Man, Avi Avital

April 4th, 2016

20:29

While we are cooking up new episodes for your enjoyment, please enjoy this delicious dish from our archives. Don’t miss Avi’s recent in-studio performances at WQXR, btw! 

According to Deutsche Grammophonrecording artist …

Classical Classroom, Episode 37: RERUN - George Heathco On Louis Andriessen And Alt-Classical

March 28th, 2016

37:52

Louis Andriessen is one of the most important contemporary composers you’ve (probably) never heard of. His work isn’t widely played because he’s written many pieces for varieties of ensembles that don’t exist. In fact, …

Classical Classroom, Episode 123: Rachel Barton Pine On Bach Sonatas And Partitas

March 21st, 2016

23:05

 

Happy Bach’s 331st birthday! To celebrate, we had a partita party with violinist Rachel Barton Pine. (What’s a “partita,” you ask? Listen and …

Classical Classroom, Episode 121: MusicWorks, John From Downton Abbey

March 7th, 2016

31:08

 

Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey came to an end last night after six seasons. In this tell-all exposé, Scottish composer John Lunn talks about his years with the Crawley family, what Lord Grantham really thought of …

Classical Classroom, Episode 120: MusicWorks, A Musical Life, Indeed – With Hugh Sung

February 29th, 2016

34:54
  Classical music renaissance man, Hugh Sung

Hugh Sung is a modern classical music renaissance man: He’s a podcaster, a techie, a pianist who’s …

Classical Classroom, Episode 119: Harping On The Harp With Beyond Pluck

February 22nd, 2016

32:58

Beyond Pluck is a harp duo, comprised of Paula Bressman and Rachel Miller. In addition to the classical repertoire, they also like arranging pop …

Classical Classroom, Episodes 19 & 20: RERUN - Nixon In China And John Adams With Michael Remson

February 15th, 2016

46:57

In honor of Presidents Day, we are rerunning not one, but TWO very presidential episodes of Classical Classroom. Originally, our discussion with AFA’s ‎executive and artistic director Michael Remson was so epic — …

Classical Classroom, Episode 118: Alisa Weilerstein On The Romance Of Rachmaninov

February 8th, 2016

24:18

  Start your Valentine’s Day week with cellist Alisa Weilerstein’s introduction to the music of Sergey Rachmaninov. Who was this romantic man, and what makes him different from all the other guys – I mean, composers? …

Classical Classroom, Episode 117: Alban Berg “motif-ates” The Dover String Quartet

February 1st, 2016

30:45

This week, Dacia Clay has the Dover String Quartet; violinists, Joel Link, Bryan Lee; violist, Milena Pajaro-Van De Stadt; and cellist, Camden Shaw …

Classical Classroom, Episode 116: John Luther Adams Swims Through “Become Ocean”

January 25th, 2016

30:39

In December of 2015, pop singer Taylor Swift donated $50,000 to the Seattle Symphony because she loved their recording of John Luther Adams’ 42-minute work, Become Ocean. In this episode, Adams reveals his own pop …

Classical Classroom, Episode 115: Awakening John Williams’ “Force” With Brett Mitchell

January 18th, 2016

58:29

This episode is full of spoilers – not just spoilers about The Force Awakens, but about future Star Wars episodes. Okay – they could be future …

Classical Classroom, Episode 114: MusicWorks, Mozart In The Jungle Author Blair Tindall

January 11th, 2016

35:14
When oboist, journalist, and author Blair Tindall wrote her memoir, Mozart in the Jungle, she tells us, she didn’t necessarily not think it would …

Classical Classroom, Episode 113: Rufus Wainwright On Composing Traditional Opera For A Modern World

January 4th, 2016

16:19

Happy New Year, everybody! Get ready for an astonishing onslaught of awesome, a veritable juggernaut of wow, from Classical Classroom in 2016 (John Luther Adams! The Force Awakens! Alisa Weilerstein!), starting with …

Classical Classroom, Episode 8: RERUN - Wesley Horner On Bach’s B Minor Mass, The Sound Of Heaven, And Classical Music Mosh Pits

December 28th, 2015

24:45

Team Classroom is taking a little holiday break this week, so we present one of our favorite episodes from the wayback machine. Hope your holiday …

Classical Classroom, Episode 112: The Ugly Christmas Sweaters Of Classical Music, With Alecia Lawyer

December 21st, 2015

32:07

It’s four days until Christmas. Chances are, you’ve heard a lot of beautiful music. If you’re looking for more of that, you’ve come to the wrong …

Classical Classroom, Episode 31: RERUN - The Music Of Hanukkah (Chanuka? Hanuka?) With Cantor Benjamin Matis

December 14th, 2015

31:46

 

2013 was – I think we can all agree – a magical year. It was the year of the arthouse film Sharknado, the year of the Harlem Shake, and the year that Justin Bieber was separated from his pet monkey. But more important …

Classical Classroom, Episode 111: The Franchomme Episode, With Louise Dubin

December 7th, 2015

38:27

Auguste Franchomme. 19th centuryChances are, unless you happen to be a cellist, you’ve probably never heard of Auguste Franchomme. But back in the day, he was one of the most celebrated musicians in Paris, he was …

Classical Classroom, Episode 47: RERUN - 500 Megatons Of Tuba With Øystein Baadsvik

November 30th, 2015

38:17

Hope all of you in the States enjoyed your Thanksgiving. We took some time off to enjoy ours, so this week, we’re giving you old gold. Øystein was …

Classical Classroom, Episode 110: Starting From Scratch – Bryce Dessner, Aron Sanchez, & So Percussion

November 24th, 2015

48:02
Knowing how a piece of classical music came to be is often a bit of a guessing game. What inspired Bach to write the Goldberg Variations, or …

Classical Classroom, Episode 109: Storytelling With Music – Richard Scerbo, Inscape Chamber Orchestra

November 16th, 2015

32:47

How do you tell a story without words? Why, with music of course! Richard Scerbo, founder and artistic director of DC-based Inscape Chamber Orchestra, explains how – and why – composers use music to tell tales. Walk …

Classical Classroom, Episode 108: The Love Episode, With Anne Akiko Meyers

November 9th, 2015

17:39
This episode contains pretty much everything: Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, Plato’s Symposium, music by living …

Classical Classroom, Episode 107: Sometimes Menotti, Sometimes Me Nice – With Lynda McKnight

November 2nd, 2015

34:51

 

It’s a Menotti two-fer! Lynda McKnight from Houston’s Opera in the Heights teaches all about the composer Gian Carlo Menotti and two of his short …

Classical Classroom, Episode 106: Bach Halloween Spooktacular With Keith Weber

October 29th, 2015

23:06

 

What?? Two episodes in one week? That’s right. We made you a treat: Go with us on a field trip to the Moores School of Music Organ Recital Hall at …

Classical Classroom, Episode 105: Matt Haimovitz On “The Gospel” Of Anna Magdelana

October 26th, 2015

23:02


Cover of cellist (and – we suspect – part-time lumberjack), Matt Haimovitz’s new CD. Courtesy of Oxingale/Pentatone.

 

Cellist Matt Haimovitz has grappled with Bach’s Cello Suites for decades. He first recorded them in …

Classical Classroom, Episode 104: Catalyst Quartet On Stringing Gould And Goldberg

October 19th, 2015

24:54

 Bachtoberfest continues! Catalyst Quartet members Karla Donehew-Perez and Karlos Rodriguez talk about famously eccentric (eccentrically famous?) …

Classical Classroom Episode 23: RERUN - Bach’s Materials – The World Inside An Invention With Kurt Stallmann

October 12th, 2015

31:07

Continuing with our Bachtober celebration, we revisit this oldie but goody with Kurt Stallmann. 

Bach’s Invention No. 1 contains an entire universe …

Classical Classroom, Episode 103: Yundi. Chopin. Preludes.

October 5th, 2015

17:41

 

 

This Classroom teacher needs only one name: Madonna! JK! But he’s also a world-famous musician: Pianist Yundi teaches about Chopin’s preludes, all of which he recently recorded on his new album, aptly entitled

Classical Classroom, Episode 102: Women’s History! Scandal! Intrigue! Opera! With Victoria Bond

September 29th, 2015

46:57
  The first woman who ran for the U.S. presidency did so in 1872. Never heard this story? Thankfully, composer and conductor Victoria Bond has …

Classical Classroom, Episode 101: ZOFO, The Twenty Finger Orchestra

September 21st, 2015

26:46

 

 

 

Eva-Maria Zimmerman and Keisuke Nakagoshi make beautiful music together as the musical duo ZOFO. On the same piano. At the same time. Why do …

Classical Classroom, Episode 100: Party Time!

September 14th, 2015

50:14

Time to celebrate our 100th show. It’s been quite a “Journey.” We toot some horns (mostly our own)and reminisce with some previous show flashbacks. We also meet some of the most famous classical music composers as they …

Classical Classroom, Episode 1: RERUN - Chris Johnson Teaches Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

September 7th, 2015

12:45

Revisit Classical Classroom’s very first show! Classical music announcer Chris Johnson compares two very different recordings of the same piece. Gut strings, basso continuo, and the Baroque period are discussed.

 

Audio …

Classical Classroom, Episode 98: Summer Music – Aspen Edition! Alisa Weilerstein On Music For Solo Cello

August 17th, 2015

25:16

It’s summertime, and the classical musicians have all disappeared. No, it’s not a classical music-specific alien body snatching situation. It’s just that they’re all at music festivals! Because we miss them, we’ve …

Classical Classroom, Episode 97: Summer Music – Aspen Edition! Robert McDuffie On 21st Century Classical Music Careers

August 10th, 2015

28:18

It’s summertime, and the classical musicians have all disappeared. No, it’s not a classical music-specific alien body snatching situation. It’s just that they’re all at music festivals! Because we miss them, we’ve …

Classical Classroom, Episode 96: Summer Music – Aspen Edition! Orli Shaham On Brahmspiration

August 3rd, 2015

40:30

It’s summertime, and the classical musicians have all disappeared. No, it’s not a classical music-specific alien body snatching situation. It’s just that they’re all at music festivals! Because we miss them, we’ve …

Classical Classroom, Episode 95: Summer Music – Aspen Edition! Alan Fletcher On Aspen

July 27th, 2015

19:41

It’s summertime, and the classical musicians have all disappeared. No, it’s not a classical music-specific alien body snatching situation. It’s just that they’re all at music festivals! Because we miss them, we’ve …

Classical Classroom, Episode 94: MusicWorks - Piano Man – Jim Kozak, Piano Tuner

July 20th, 2015

27:52

What’s in a piano? Jim Kozak has tuned a few, and he can tell you. He tunes pianos for the Houston Symphony, Da Camera of Houston, and for our own Houston Public Media. What does he do, and how does he do it? How does …

Classical Classroom, Episode 93: Everybody Dance Now! Joel Fan On Classical Dance Music

July 13th, 2015

28:11

What came before twerking, Harlem Shake-ing, and popping and locking? The Krakowiak, the Polonaise, and the Tarantelle (which have really cool names, …

Classical Classroom, Episode 2: RERUN - Angela Mitchell Teaches Bel Canto Aria (With Bonus Material)

July 6th, 2015

26:57

Since the U.S. has been celebrating its beginnings this week, we thought we’d go back to ours. We hope you enjoy this throwback. And! Because we were …

Classical Classroom, Episode 92: Jonathan Biss On Schumann The Fanboy

June 29th, 2015

27:47

Every good Beethoven deserves a fanboy, and Robert Schumann was that guy. Who was Schumann, and how was his work shaped by the influence of Beethoven? Pianist, Curtis Institute professor, and writer Jonathan Biss …

Classical Classroom, Episode 91: Wu Man, Pipa Ambassador

June 22nd, 2015

23:46

Wu Man, world-renowned pipa player, stopped by the Classroom while she was in Houston to teach all about the French horn. JK! She taught all about the pipa, of course! In this episode, she talks about the pipa’s …

Classical Classroom, Episode 90: Glenn Dicterow & Ingrid Hunter, Masters Of The Universe

June 15th, 2015

22:50

What is a concertmaster? We wanted to know, too, so we schlepped over to the Texas Music Festival (now happening at the UH Moores School of Music), …

Classical Classroom, Episode 89: Awadagin Pratt on Brahms, Brunge, and Beards

June 8th, 2015

36:40

The pianist gives a lesson on one of the Big Daddies of classical music.

Awadagin Pratt, a man so awesome that his website URL is just his first name, talks Johannes Brahms. Pratt is a recording artist, Professor of …

Classical Classroom, Episode 88: Hilary Hahn’s View On Vieuxtemps

June 1st, 2015

24:11

The violinist walks through a piece by a lesser-known composer who was once more famous than Mozart.

Grammy-winning violinist Hilary Hahn, who has …

Classical Classroom, Episode 87: Modigliani Quartet Does Dohnányi

May 25th, 2015

34:27

Violinists Philippe Bernhard and Loïc Rio talk about Dohnányi’s String Quartet No. 3.

As you probably know and have been celebrating ’round the …

Classical Classroom, Episode 13: RERUN - A lesson from a real live professor – Timothy Hester on Brahms

May 18th, 2015

25:51

Brahms’ Opus 118 – plus the first two Intermezzos played live! In this episode, Associate Professor Timothy Hester from the University of Houston

Classical Classroom, Episode 86: Christopher O’Riley & Matt Haimovitz Get Real With Period Instruments

May 11th, 2015

35:04

When pianist and From the Top host Christopher O’Riley and cellist Matt Haimovitz recorded a new album of Beethoven’s music, they decided to kick it …

Classical Classroom, Episode 85: Mandolin Man, Avi Avital

May 4th, 2015

19:54

According to Deutsche Grammophon recording artist Avi Avital, while the bass is not bad, it’s more about that mandolin. Which is also what this whole …

Classical Classroom Short: Dis-concerted

April 27th, 2015

11:30

What’s it like to be a classical music novice at a classical music performance? Host Dacia Clay goes to a rock show and a classical concert and compares the experiences. The parallels are telling. The disparities are …

Classical Classroom, Episode 84: JoAnn Falletta Shares Scheherazade

April 20th, 2015

33:31

Conductor JoAnn Falletta walks through Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic poem.

Who was Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and why does he have two last names? And why …

Classical Classroom, Episode 83: Nico Muhly Speaks Volumes About Listening To New Classical Music

April 13th, 2015

25:57

 

 

This week, composer Nico Muhly is premiering a brand new work, How Little You Are, in Austin. He talks about the classical (or, concert) music world’s premiering process, and about how and why listening to classical …

Classical Classroom, Episode 82: Branford Marsalis Gives Classical Music Jazz Hands

April 6th, 2015

30:40

Branford Marsalis‘ stark 2014 solo album In My Solitude includes jazz standards like “Stardust” next to C.P.E. Bach’s Sonata in A Minor for Oboe, Wq. …

Classical Classroom, Episode 81: MusicWorks, TheHighSchoolForThePerforming AndVisualArts!

March 30th, 2015

31:24

March is Music in Our Schools month! In this second edition of our MusicWorks series, we take a field trip to an public high school that’s a kind of …

Classical Classroom, Episode 42: RERUN - Amy Bishop On Awesome Female Composers

March 23rd, 2015

34:12

Producer Todd thought he needed to take a “vacation” with his “family” last week, so we are giving you this month-appropriate rerun before returning next week with a slew, a treasure trove, a veritable cornucopia of new …

Classical Classroom, Episode 80: When Abigail Fischer “Roars”

March 16th, 2015

28:11

What’s it like to be more or less the only character in a live, full-length opera, playing the role of a real-life intense person who lived life …

Classical Classroom, Episode 79: The Women Of Classical Guitar With Valerie Hartzell

March 9th, 2015

32:20

Why did the number of female guitarists diminish over time? Was it a comet?? Find out here!

It’s Women’s History Month, and all month, we’re bringing you amazing women in classical music! In this episode, guitarist …

Classical Classroom Research Presentation: 28 Classical Music Moments In Black History

March 6th, 2015

11:59

Each day during February, we posted a “Classical Music Moment in Black History” on our Facebook page to show the contributions of black artists to …

Classical Classroom, Episode 78: George Gershwin Is Alt Classical, With Simone Dinnerstein

March 2nd, 2015

20:25

“Indie-Classical”, “Alt Classical”, “Nonclassical”… whatever you want to call it, George Gershwin may have been one of the first people to do it. Pianist Simone Dinnerstein explains Gershwin’s sound, its French …

Classical Classroom, Episode 12: RERUN - The Continued Education of Tracy Jacobson – Debussy’s Piano Works

February 23rd, 2015

36:08

This episode is so old that Producer Todd didn’t even have funny middle names yet. But it’s so good that we wanted for you guys to hear it again. …

Classical Classroom, Episode 77: Remembering Stephen Paulus, With Alex Freeman

February 16th, 2015

41:51

Composer Stephen Paulus passed away last October and left a void in many hearts along with an amazing legacy. Composer Alex Freeman teaches about …

Classical Classroom, Episode 76: MusicWorks – How Sonya Got Her Opera On

February 9th, 2015

27:25

We’re excited to share our new subseries, MusicWorks! It’s a show where you’ll learn about what classical music is doing in the world right now. You’ll hear inspiring artist stories, plus we’ll go into the sometimes …

Classical Classroom, Episode 75: The Democracy Of Chamber Music With Cantus

February 2nd, 2015

30:25

One of the distinguishing characteristics of chamber music is its inherent “democracy” – each part is of equal importance. Aaron Humble and Paul …

Classical Classroom, Episode 21: RERUN - Joel Luks On The Fierce And Foxy Flute

January 26th, 2015

38:23

Okay. So our HAL 9001 hasn’t come in yet, and you’re getting another rerun episode. But dang – it’s a good one! And! We have so much new stuff we can’t wait to share with you once HAL arrives. Stick with us!

Your …

Classical Classroom, Episode 74: Rebel with a violin – Mozart’s violin concertos, Rachel Barton Pine

January 19th, 2015

23:46

What makes Mozart’s violin concertos so special? Is it that he only wrote 5 of them? That he wrote him when he was a teenager? That they are both …

Classical Classroom, Episode 28: RERUN - Tchaikovsky’s Musical Biography, “Pathetique” – Harbinger Of Doom

January 12th, 2015

36:34

The HAL 9000 that we use to produce these little gems has met an untimely demise. Fear not! We’ve got a brand new HAL 9001 on order. Until next week, …

Classical Classroom, Episode 73: The Man Behind the Music – On Clementi, With Jeremy Eskenazi

January 5th, 2015

34:37

Muzio Clementi is often called the “Father of the Piano” and is known for his sonatinas. But as it turns out, this smarty pants single-handedly changed classical music and made it what we know today. Jeremy Eskenazi, …

Classical Classroom, Episode 72: You Don’t Know Fifth! With Emily Reese

December 29th, 2014

39:13

 

 

 

 

Think you know Beethoven’s Fifth? Think again!

Beethoven’s Fifth. We’ve never done a show on it because everybody knows it! Right? Emily Reese, on air host for Classical Minnesota Public Radio, host of Top Score

Classical Classroom, Episode 71: Dreaming Of A David Ashley White Christmas

December 22nd, 2014

38:33

The former Moores School director and composer teaches us about carols, and shares some of his favorites.

It’s Christmastime in the Classroom! David …

Classical Classroom, Episode 70: Piano Vs. Orchestra, With Jon Kimura Parker

December 15th, 2014

34:40

 

Pianist, Shepherd School of Music professor, and recording artist Jon Kimura Parker – or as we like to call him, Captain Jon Solo – talks about the …

Classical Classroom Research Presentation: RERUN - The Mysterious Mystery Of Mozart’s Death

December 8th, 2014

7:03

Okay, I lied last week: Producer Todd is still working on the new Two Star Symphony album (for which we are pretty darn excited). But! Never fear: We …

Classical Classroom, Episode 39: RERUN - Conductor James Gaffigan On Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5

December 1st, 2014

29:09

(Producer Todd is off recording Two Star Symphony’s new album right now (sweet!), so we have unearthed some old gold for you from the vault. Please …

Classical Classroom, Episode 69: The Kids Are Alright, With Missy Mazzoli

November 25th, 2014

34:54

Classical music: the future frontier. These are the voyages of the podcast Classical Classroom. It’s mission: to explore strange new music – Sorry. …

Classical Classroom, Episode 68: The Secret Formula With Kenneth Goldsmith

November 17th, 2014

35:48

What makes creativity? Is it money? Is it a gift from the Powers That Be? Is it won through trials and tribulations? Shepherd School of Music …

Classical Classroom, Episode 67: Making Movie Magic With Vivek Maddala

November 10th, 2014

28:29

What would the movies be like without music? They’re like peanut butter and jelly, Luke and Darth, et and cetera… Would we be as moved at a movie …

Classical Classroom, Episode 66: When Classical Music Strikes

November 3rd, 2014

27:33

“You gotta hear this one song. It’ll change your life.” – Pierre Jalbert to me*.

Have you ever heard a piece of music that truly moved you? Has a …

Classical Classroom, Episode 65: Getting Scary With Jerry Ochoa

October 27th, 2014

33:19

It’s getting close to midnight. Something evil’s lurking in the dark… AAACK! It’s a special Halloween edition of Classical Classroom! Last year for …

Classical Classroom, Episode 64: Journey To The Symphony’s Center

October 20th, 2014

41:21

Composer Peter Boyer goes deep into the core of Symphony No. 1.

Why do composers write symphonies? What goes into writing a symphony? If it has three movements, is it still a symphony? I mean, really: What IS a symphony …

Classical Classroom, Episode 63: The Trumpet Lesson (with video)

October 13th, 2014

24:18

This episode does double duty: teaches you all about the trumpet and trumpet playing, while carrying out the secondary mission of Classical Classroom, i.e., the humiliation of the show’s host. Trumpet players George …

Classical Classroom, Episode 62: Bach’s Flute Suite with Leone Buyse

October 6th, 2014

41:44

Like an Around the World and Back snap, Bach’s Suite in B Minor for Flute and Strings takes the listener pretty much everywhere. You’ll laugh, you’ll …

Classical Classroom, Episode 61: Motet – Not Lesstet – With Mark Buller

September 29th, 2014

38:44

Take a tour through music history – from chant to present day – through the lens of the motet. What’s a “motet”, you ask? Is it real, you ask? We are …

Classical Classroom, Episode 60: How Haydn Changed The Trumpet Forever

September 22nd, 2014

25:42


A small step in the evolution of the trumpet. “Ear Trumpet 1”. Photo by Eknath Gomphotherium, used with permission.

How did the trumpet morph from a …

Classical Classroom, Episode 9: RERUN - Amy Bishop’s tone poem journey

September 15th, 2014

35:51

In this episode, Classical 91.7’s Saturday Morning Music host and contra dancer extraordinaire, Amy Bishop takes Dacia on a journey with Smetana, Strauss, and Gershwin to learn about tone poems, invoking a surprising …

Classical Classroom, Episode 4: RERUN - Leitmotif In Star Wars – Brett Mitchell

September 8th, 2014

31:41

In this episode, conductor Brett Mitchell — Assistant Conductor for the Cleveland Orchestra, man of too many accolades to mention, and former …

Classical Classroom, Episode 59: Back To School Quiz!

September 1st, 2014

36:09

Think you know your classical tunes? Play along in this host-humiliating “drop the needle” quiz show! Test your skills while listening to quiz master, Opera Cheat Sheet host, and Classical 91.7 program director St. John …

Classical Classroom, Episode 58: Non-Dangerous Lives of Choral Singers

August 25th, 2014

28:29

The human voice is (very probably, we’re pretty darn sure) the first classical music instrument. Grammy-nominated producer, choral and orchestral instructor, and artistic director of Grace Song, Inc., Keith Weber takes …

Classical Classroom, Episode 17: RERUN - History of REEEEMIX!! with Daniel Webbon

August 18th, 2014

33:54

August is Arts Appreciation Month! During August, Houston Public Media Arts and Culture is paying tribute to art forms that have inspired other art …

Classical Classroom, Episode 57: …To Holst’s Planets With Joshua Zinn

August 11th, 2014

35:48

Take an interstellar journey to one of classical music’s most influential works.

Climb aboard the great Classroom space coaster for a trip to Gustav …

Classical Classroom, Episode 10: RERUN - Oboe As X-treme Sport – Alecia Lawyer

August 4th, 2014

24:57

Producer Todd is “out of town on vacation” this week, so we are bringing this oldie-but-goodie out of the vault. Hope you enjoy it! If you do, check …

Classical Classroom, Episode 56: Very Verdi Classroom With Eric Skelly

July 28th, 2014

39:30

Giuseppe Verdi: composer of AidaLa TraviataFalstaff, and haver of an adorable Italian accent. But as Eric Skelly – cohost of the Opera Cheat Sheet podcast and Buffy the Vampire Slayer superfan – tells us, Verdi was …

Classical Classroom, Episode 55: So Much Harpsichord With Matthew Dirst

July 21st, 2014

21:32

It’s Classical Classroom’s first field trip! We go to the studio of Early Music expert and musician, Matthew Dirst – home to the professor’s lovely harpsichord. Matthew transports us to a long time ago in a galaxy far, …

Classical Classroom, Episode 54: Clap Your Hands Say “Shhh!”

July 14th, 2014

0:31

You’re at a classical music concert. The music stops and the crowd goes wild! Wait. No. Only YOU are going wild. And everyone is staring at you. You sink down low in your seat and hide…

Classical Classroom, Episode 53: …To South America With Tali Morgulis

July 7th, 2014

0:31

We put on our pith helmets, grab our binoculars, and train our compasses south for this Classical Classroom expedition to Brazil and Argentina. …

Classical Classroom Research Presentation: Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture

June 30th, 2014

5:33

In this special 4th of July edition of Classical Classroom Research Presentations, Dacia ponders why Americans listen to Russian music on their …

Classical Classroom, Episode 52: Inside A Boléro With Howard Pollack

June 23rd, 2014

0:31

Ravel’s Boléro. Next to most of the soundtrack to Koyaanisqatsi, it’s possibly the most repetitive piece of music ever written, amiright (respect, …

Classical Classroom, Episode 51: Prompting Schubert’s Impromptus With Clive Swansbourne

June 16th, 2014

0:31

Franz Schubert was a man on a mission, distracted from composing music by neither the praise of Beethoven, nor the prospect of his own death. But the dude still had to pay the rent. Internationally acclaimed classical …

Classical Classroom, Episode 50: Shredding On Classical Guitar – Valerie Hartzell

June 9th, 2014

34:40

How did classical guitar – and therefore, all guitar as we know it – almost become extinct? Who was the hero who saved it from the brink of doom? Why aren’t guitars an orchestral instrument? And why are guitarists nails …

Classical Classroom, Episode 49: Beethoven Gets Small With Norman Fischer

June 2nd, 2014

31:10

How are the Black Keys and Beethoven alike? They both had the low-down dirty blues. JK! They both compose(d) music for two instruments! You’ve heard …

Classical Classroom, Preview Episode 49

May 30th, 2014

7:27

Since it’s the end of National Chamber Music Month, we thought it would be fitting to give you a taste of our upcoming episode, featuring Norman …

Classical Classroom, Episode 48: The Texas Tenors Teach Tenor Types

May 27th, 2014

32:50

Take in tenor types with two of the Texas Tenors.

How, exactly, does one know that he is a “light lyric tenor,” or a “Spinto tenor,” or a “dramatic tenor”? Is there like, a Tenor Task Team? Two members of the Texas …

Classical Classroom, Episode 24: RERUN – Back By Popular Demand, You do what for a living?! Chamber music with WindSync

May 19th, 2014

21:03

Dacia Clay is either presenting a case to the Supreme Court or having a pint in Adams Morgan, I can’t remember which. Anyway, she has not shown up to work, so we are going to re-run a previous show about chamber music. …

Classical Classroom, Episode 47: 500 Megatons Of Tuba With Øystein Baadsvik

May 12th, 2014

37:02

Learn 100% more about the tuba in this episode than you’ve ever known! Norwegian tuba soloist and chamber musician Øystein Baadsvik is the only tuba …

Classical Classroom Research Presentation: Seriously, What IS Chamber Music?

May 5th, 2014

5:37

May is National Chamber Music Month! Oh, what? You’re not excited? Maybe that’s because you don’t know exactly what chamber music is yet. Which means …

Classical Classroom, Episode 46: Todd Reynolds Defines “Classical Music” – Sorta

April 28th, 2014

30:07

What do we mean when we say “classical music”? Sure, sure: it refers to a period of music, like “Baroque” or “Romantic”. But we largely use the word as a sort of generic brand-name for a specific variety of sound. In …

Classical Classroom, Episode 45: Daniel Roumain’s Violin Vs. THE Violin

April 21st, 2014

28:25

 

 

That’s not a violin – it’s a woodbox! Daniel Bernard Roumain talks about creative appropriation in classical music. The Haitian-American …

Classical Classroom, Episode 44: Speaking Bass-ese with Bassist Michael Kurth

April 11th, 2014

28:48

The bass: classical music’s strange, lonesome hero. In this episode, bassist and composer Michael Kurth gives us a glimpse into the Bizarro World of bass players. Then, he talks about why he started composing, and what …

Classical Classroom, Episode 43: Double-Header With Rachel Barton Pine

April 4th, 2014

33:07

 

Rachel Barton Pine, classical violinist, and member of the metal band Earthen Grave, has played with orchestras all over the world, and under the …

Classical Classroom, Preview Episode 43: Rachel Barton Pine

April 2nd, 2014

0:31

Coming at you this Friday, Rachel Barton Pine teaches all about the many different sounds of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor. Hear how …

Classical Classroom, Episode 42: Amy Bishop On Awesome Female Composers

March 28th, 2014

34:12

It’s Women’s History Month up in the Classroom! Houston Public Media’s own Amy Bishop (see also, Episode 9: Tone Poems) teaches us all about female …

Classical Classroom, Episode 41: Pretty Pattern Preludes With Karim Al-Zand

March 13th, 2014

33:42

Pattern preludes are enigmas inside of conundrums wrapped in a warm flour tortilla. No – wait. That’s not right… Pattern preludes, according to composer Karim Al-Zand’s website, are, “…pieces constrained by a single …

Classical Classroom, Episode 40: Simone Dinnerstein goes Bachpacking

March 7th, 2014

28:40

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein talks all about her educational initiative, Bachpacking, and her community initiative, Neighborhood Classics, Bach Inventions, and how Led Zeppelin is more like Bach than Jay Z.

Audio …

Classical Classroom, Episode 39: Conductor James Gaffigan on Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5

February 28th, 2014

29:09

Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 is dramatic, cinematic, erratic, sarcastic, and full of existential longing – according to Chief Conductor of the …

Classical Classroom Research Presentation: It’s Black History Month!

February 22nd, 2014

11:58

It's Black History Month! Time to learn about all of the amazing contributions that black people have made to classical music. Pay close attention because we had to talk really, really fast to fit this many people into …

Classical Classroom, Episode 38: Stringed Life – on being a quartet, with Enso String Quartet

February 14th, 2014

28:09

The Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet puts the "class" in this episode of Classical Classroom. We discuss where string quartets come from, why the instruments in a quartet go together so well, what sets Enso apart …

Classical Classroom, Episode 37: George Heathco on Louis Andriessen and Alt-Classical

February 7th, 2014

37:32

Louis Andriessen is one of the most important contemporary composers you’ve (probably) never heard of. His work isn’t widely played because he’s written many pieces for varieties of ensembles that don’t exist. In fact, …

Classical Classroom, Episode 36: Catherine Lu welcomes the Year of the Horse with the Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto

January 30th, 2014

31:56

The Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto was written by two Chinese composers, Chen Gang and He Zhanhao, in 1959. In honor of Chinese New Year – which …

Classical Classroom Research Presentation: Classical Music Rivalries!

January 18th, 2014

11:26

Are you ready to rumble?? Because these classical composers and musicians are. In this Classical Classroom short, learn all about how rivalries between musicians go back as far as music does, and how music is better for …

Classical Classroom, Episode 35: Percussionist Craig Hauschildt gets fresh with Golijov’s “Ayre”

January 10th, 2014

32:50

Osvaldo Golijov's "Ayre" – an amazing exercise in contrasts – is unlike any other piece you've ever heard on Classical Classroom. In fact, is it …

Classical Classroom, Episode 34: Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Keith Weber

December 20th, 2013

36:47

In honor of Beethoven's 240-something birthday, Keith Weber, Grammy-nominated Producer, Director of Music and Organist at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston, and Artistic Director of Grace Song, Inc., talks …

Classical Classroom, Episode 33: Cracking “The Nutcracker” with Michael Remson and Shelly Power

December 10th, 2013

34:53

We all know The Nutcracker, right? Wrong! In this episode of Classical Classroom, Shelly Power (director, Houston Ballet Academy) and Michael Remson (executive director, American Festival of the Arts) blow your minds

Classical Classroom, Episode 32: The Making of Handel’s Messiah with Robert Simpson

December 4th, 2013

34:52

Handel's Messiah is a beloved Christmas favorite. But, as Robert Simpson, founder and artistic director of Houston Chamber Choir, tells us, it is oh-so-much more than the "Hallelujah" chorus. Like, 250 pages more. All …

Classical Classroom, Episode 31: The Music of Hanukkah (Chanuka? Hanuka?) with Cantor Benjamin Matis

November 27th, 2013

30:53

Happy Thanksgivukkah everyone! That’s right: the Julian and the Hebrew calendars have aligned this year to create a day even more amazing than …

Classical Classroom, Episode 30: The Rite of Spring in Fall with Ana Maria Otamendi

November 22nd, 2013

34:10

Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring was so revolutionary that its alien sounds literally incited a riot at its premiere. Dr. Ana María Otamendi, …

Classical Classroom, Episode 29: Wesley Horner on the intimate conversation of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony

November 15th, 2013

22:31

Beethoven's 7th Symphony (Yes! We finally talk about Beethoven!) is one of independent producer, author, documentary filmmaker, and Peabody Award-winner, Wesley Horner's favorite pieces of music. In this episode, Wes …

Classical Classroom, Episode 28: Tchaikovsky’s musical biography, “Pathetique” – harbinger of doom?

November 8th, 2013

36:33

Was Tchaikovsky’s Symphony VI (aka “Pathetique”, aka “Suicide Symphony”) a suicide note or did he die of cholera, per the Official Word? You decide …

Classical Classroom, Episode 27: The Miseducation of Dacia Clay – midterm exam!

November 1st, 2013

40:15

1, 2…1, 2 this is just a test… A classical music test! In this episode, Professor St. John Flynn gives Dacia an oral examination of terms she's (supposedly) learned in the last 26 episodes of Classical Classroom. Has …

Classical Classroom, Episode 26: Ragging on Chopin with Richard Dowling

October 25th, 2013

37:05

Concert pianist and entrepreneur Richard Dowling illuminates some of Chopin’s pieces by “ragging” them on the piano. It’s a lesson in classical music …

Classical Classroom, Episode 25(!): Leonard Bernstein, Glenn Gould, Aaron Copland, and Igor Stravinsky – a creepy roundtable

October 18th, 2013

21:05

Leonard Bernstein, Glenn Gould, Aaron Copland, and Igor Stravinsky join us – from the Afterlife! – for this special Halloween edition of the …

Classical Classroom, Episode 24: You do what for a living?! Chamber music with WindSync wind quintet

October 11th, 2013

21:02

Chamber music, performing live as a group, and how movement informs music! In this episode, WindSync wind quintet talk about all of those things and about life as a touring group. Hotel rooms are trashed (okay, not …

Classical Classroom Research Presentation: The mysterious mystery of Mozart’s death

October 4th, 2013

7:02

 

Mozart's death is still so mysterious over two centuries later, that we couldn't help but do a Research Presentation about it. In this short, Dacia …

Classical Classroom, Episode 23: Bach’s materials – the world inside an Invention with Kurt Stallmann

September 20th, 2013

30:08

Bach's Invention No. 1 contains an entire universe of music as we learn in this episode with Kurt Stallmann, Associate Professor of Music at Rice …

Classical Classroom, Episode 22: Classical music is hilarious! With Ira J. Black

September 13th, 2013

32:11

Classical music is seriously funny. Iconoclast Emeritus, professor, and former classical announcer Ira J. Black talks all about just how funny serious classical music can be. There are surprises, Dudley Moore, and …

Classical Classroom, Episode 21: Joel Luks on the fierce and foxy flute

September 6th, 2013

38:20

All about the flute!! Joel Luks, CultureMap Houston editorial staffer and columnist, and classically trained flutist, teaches all about the history …

Classical Classroom, Episode 20: Pt 2 of 2! Nixon in China & John Adams & minimalist opera (oh my!) with Michael Remson

August 30th, 2013

28:36

Hear the second part of our conversation with composer, author, educator, and Executive Director of the American Festival for the Arts, Dr. Michael Remson, about John Adams'minimalist opera, Nixon in China! In this …

Classical Classroom, Episode 19: Pt 1 of 2! Nixon in China & John Adams & minimalist opera (oh my!) with Michael Remson

August 23rd, 2013

21:37

All about Act 1 of John Adams' minimalist opera, Nixon in China! In this episode, the first part of our conversation with composer, author, educator, and Executive Director of the American Festival for the Arts, Dr. …

Classical Classroom, Episode 18: Why the clarinet is cat-like, & other fascinating clarinet facts with Alexandra Doyle

August 16th, 2013

27:16

All things clarinet! In this episode, clarinetist, radio host, and Classical 91.7 MusicLab intern, Alexandra Doyle talks with Dacia. Among many things, we learn that auditioning may or may not make one pee one's pants. …

Classical Classroom Research Presentation: Censored Classical Music – the most dangerous music in the world!

August 8th, 2013

8:15

Time for a research presentation! In this short, Dacia explores the history of banned and censored classical music. And you thought classical music was just for elevators and nap time!

Classical Classroom, Episode 17: Daniel Webbon on the surprising history of the REEEEMIX!!

August 2nd, 2013

33:54

August is Arts Appreciation Month! During August, Houston Public Media Arts and Culture is paying tribute to art forms that have inspired other art …

Classical Classroom, Episode 16: From Schubert to Gaga, the Unfinished Symphony with Jade Simmons

July 26th, 2013

29:06

Artists as entrepreneurs, Lady Gaga, horror movies, and Schubert! In this episode, concert pianist, author, lecturer, Huffington Post contributor, and probable superhero, Jade Simmons chats with Dacia about how …

Classical Classroom, Episode 15: Keith Weber on Agee’s existential crisis in Knoxville w/ Samuel Barber, & Eleanor Steber

July 19th, 2013

27:48

Samuel Barber's "Knoxville: Summer of 1915", as sung by – no, not Bryan Adams – Eleanor Steber. In this episode, Keith Weber, Grammy-nominated Producer, Director of Music and Organist at Salem Evangelical Lutheran …

Classical Classroom, Episode 14: What’s a “Nico Muhly”? Chris Johnson on Indie Classical

July 12th, 2013

25:53

Nico Muhly, indie classical, and the future of classical music! In this episode, Classical 91.7 announcer Chris Johnson – our first returning instructor! – comes back to the Classical Classroom.  This one isn't for the …

Classical Classroom Research Presentation: Why we listen to Russian music on an American holiday

July 3rd, 2013

5:31

In this special 4th of July edition of Classical Classroom Research Presentations, Dacia ponders why Americans listen to Russian music on their …

Classical Classroom, Episode 13: A lesson from a real live professor! Timothy Hester on Brahms

July 3rd, 2013

29:10

Brahms’ Opus 118 – plus the first two Intermezzos played live! In this episode, Associate Professor Timothy Hester from the University of Houston

Classical Classroom, Episode 12: The Continued Education of Tracy Jacobson – Debussy’s piano works

June 28th, 2013

36:08

WindSync Wind Quintet bassoonist, Tracy Jacobson, takes Dacia along on her journey to continue her musical education as a professional musician. She steps outside of her comfort zone and into Debussy’s piano works. Come …

Classical Classroom, Episode 11: Mendelssohn, “love potion”, and Shakespeare with Catherine Lu

June 21st, 2013

40:38

Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Suite from Incidental Music! In this episode, Classical 91.7 announcer and producer, and Cheeto the cat's person, Catherine Lu chats with Dacia. Learn about scherzos, nerds, …

Classical Classroom, Episode 10: Oboe Playing As An X-treme Sport With ROCO’s Alecia Lawyer

June 14th, 2013

29:17

 

 

In this episode, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra's Artistic Director, founder, and principal oboist, Alecia Lawyer takes Dacia inside the mind of an oboe player. In this strange world, people grow their own (bamboo), …

Classical Classroom, Episode 9: Amy Bishop Goes On A Tone Poem Journey Through Bohemia, Death, And 1920’s Paris

June 7th, 2013

35:15

In this episode, Classical 91.7’s Saturday Morning Music host and contra dancer extraordinaire, Amy Bishop takes Dacia on a journey with Smetana, Strauss, and Gershwin to learn about tone poems, invoking a surprising …

Classical Classroom, Episode 8: Wesley Horner On Bach’s B Minor Mass, The Sound Of Heaven, And Classical Music Mosh Pits

May 31st, 2013

24:12

In this episode, independent producer, author, documentary filmmaker, Peabody Award-winner (et cetera, et cetera…), Wesley Horner chats with Dacia about Bach’s B Minor Mass and bringing classical music to people who …

Classical Classroom, Episode 7: Sayles on Sayles – a composer’s creative process

May 22nd, 2013

24:21

In this episode, Classical 91.7's Senior Recording Engineer, host of Music from the Movies, and Emmy-nominated composer, Brad Sayles talks to Dacia about his own work and the creative process of a classical music …

Classical Classroom, Episode 6: Keith Weber teaches Camille Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony

May 10th, 2013

29:30

In this episode, Grammy-nominated Producer, Director of Music and Organist at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston, and Artistic Director of Grace Song, Inc. Keith Weber teaches Dacia about Camille Saint-Saëns' …

Classical Classroom, Episode 5: St. John Flynn Teaches Strauss’ Four Last Songs

April 30th, 2013

23:46

Classical 91.7 audio librarian, Dacia Clay has a deep, dark secret: she knows next to nothing about classical music. But she wants to learn! Luckily, she’s surrounded by classical music experts every day. In each …

Classical Classroom, Episode 4: Brett Mitchell teaches Leitmotif in John Williams’ Star Wars Score

April 24th, 2013

22:36

In this episode, conductor Brett Mitchell — Assistant Conductor for the Cleveland Orchestra, man of too many accolades to mention, and former …

Classical Classroom Episode 3: Daniel Webbon teaches Steve Reich’s “Piano Phase” & Minimalism

April 18th, 2013

18:38

In this episode, Dacia Clay talks with MusicLab intern and Moores School graduate student, Daniel Webbon, about Steve Reich's "Piano Phase" and

Classical Classroom, Episode 2: Angela Schmidt teaches Bel Canto Aria

April 10th, 2013

23:48

Since the U.S. has been celebrating its beginnings this week, we thought we’d go back to ours. We hope you enjoy this throwback. And! Because we were …

Classical Classroom, Episode 1: Chris Johnson teaches Vivaldi’s Autumn

April 3rd, 2013

11:25

Revisit Classical Classroom’s very first show! Classical music announcer Chris Johnson compares two very different recordings of the same piece. Gut strings, basso continuo, and the Baroque period are discussed.

In this …

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